Joyride is the third major label album from post-grunge band Oleander. It was released on March 4, 2003 through Sanctuary Records and mark's the bands first studio album with the label. Joyride also marks a return to the band's focus on aggressive hard rock that was less apparent on their previous, more experimental effort, Unwind.
Joyride was originally planned for a November 2002 release, but since it was not yet completed, Oleander released the Runaway Train EP at concerts to hold fans over. The EP revolved around its title track, which a month prior was featured in the Showtime film Bang, Bang, You're Dead. A music video was also shot and incorporated footage from the film.
In an interview with Billboard, frontman Thomas Flowers elaborated on the creative direction on Joyride in the aftermath of Unwind:
"We really wanted to stretch our tastes and try to present an album that was a little more diversified as far as instrumentation. . . It didn't necessarily pan out for us, so we kind of stripped that down to doing what we're good at: We're a rock band, and we decided that was going to be more linear, more focused, more in-your-face than either of the other two albums."
Other than "Runaway Train," which was written a few years prior, all songs were written after... Read More